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What is the most original and basic form of Yoga?

Okay, there’s a lot of kinds of Yoga. And I am having a hard time choosing one. I just want to know the most basic form of yoga, the type that other kinds of yoga base upon; so that I will be able to stick to one practice and instructor. Thanks.

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  • By “yoga”, will assume you inquire regarding asana (pose) practice, a component of Hatha yoga (as opposed to yogas which traditionally do not include asana: Bhakti, Karma, Jnana).

    Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) is frequently referred to as the Grandfather of modern Hatha yoga.

    It would appear that Krishnamacharyaya’s “style” was “no style” in the sense that it predated the many different styles of Hatha yoga that would evolve later.

    Four students of Krishanmarcharya would later become well known for how they later went on to teach asana:
    – Krishnamacharya’s son, T.V.K. Desikachar, whose style now usually referred to as Viniyoga;
    – B.K.S. Iyengar, simple known as Iyengar style;
    – K. Pattabhi Jois, Astanga Vinyasa;
    – Indra Devi, Indra Devi Foundation.

    In addition to above four, as am sure you are aware, there are now perhaps two dozen or more distinguishable Hatha yoga styles.
    I cannot pretend to know which is most basic or authentic.

    I have read some statements that Jois’s Astanga Vinyasa style is the same method that was taught to him by Krishnamacharya.
    Then again, perhaps Devi’s style is authentic, since it seems that what she taught never developed a distinguishing “style name”.

    Following link has brief descriptions of many contemporary styles.
    http://www.traditionalyogastudies.com/articles_styles.html

    The biography of Krishnamacharya at wikipedia ends with this statement :

    “Whether you practice the dynamic series of Pattabhi Jois, the refined alignments of B.K.S. Iyengar, the classical postures of Indra Devi, or the customized vinyasa of Viniyoga, your practice stems from one source: a five-foot, two-inch Brahmin born more than one hundred years ago in a small South Indian village.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishnamacharya

    Namaste’,
    dwb

  • If you want to know the basic form I think it’s ‘Padmasana’. But my opinion about yoga is whatever your age is, don’t practice Yoga without an instructor. You see you can do the basics and the Pranayams like ‘Kapalvati’ and ‘Anulom Bilom’ all you want in a daily manner, but you should never do the other derived yogas which are restricted for people with certain physical problems. It may harm you. so do it under proper guidance. Good Luck!!!!

  • I think you can go with Hatha yoga; which is physical targeted yoga.. You’ll learn a lot about breathing and poses from it.. I suggest also that you get this free yoga e-course; for the yoga poses, their physiological benefits, and many yogi breathing techniques: http://www.yoga-health-beauty-energy.com

  • Yoga is a very good thing. I always do it.You don’t have to do extra.Just do the basics.that’s are-Kapalvati, Anulambilam etc etc.

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